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Day 10: The Twelve Books of Christmas

The Twelve Books of Christmas

On the tenth day of Christmas

An Unconventional Librarian gave to me

Christmas All Through the House by Matthew Mead

matthew mead's christmas all through the house

Christmas Slow Cooking by Dominique DeVito

christmas slow cooking by dominique devito

2013 Christmas with Southern Living

2013 christmas with souther living

Christmas by Taste of Home

taste of home christmas

Best-Loved  Christmas Classics by Southern Living

southern living best loved christmas classics

The Twelve Day of Christmas by Jan Brett

the twelve days of christmas by jan brett

Awkward Family Holiday Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

awkward family holiday photos by mike bender

Coloring for Grown Up Holiday Fun by Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen

coloring for grown ups holiday fun book by ryan hunter

Holiday Crafts by Catherine Worman

holiday crafts
And Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake
funchristmascrafts
We’re getting closer!! Check back tomorrow for book 11!
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Books

Day 9: The Twelve Books of Christmas

The Twelve Books of Christmas

On the ninth day of Christmas

An Unconventional Librarian gave to me

Christmas Slow Cooking by Dominique DeVito

christmas slow cooking by dominique devito

2013 Christmas with Southern Living

2013 christmas with souther living

Christmas by Taste of Home

taste of home christmas

Best-Loved  Christmas Classics by Southern Living

southern living best loved christmas classics

The Twelve Day of Christmas by Jan Brett

the twelve days of christmas by jan brett

Awkward Family Holiday Photos by Mike Bender and Doug Chernack

awkward family holiday photos by mike bender

Coloring for Grown Up Holiday Fun by Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen

coloring for grown ups holiday fun book by ryan hunter

Holiday Crafts by Catherine Worman

holiday crafts
And Fun Christmas Crafts to Make and Bake
funchristmascrafts
Check back tomorrow for book 10!
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Bibliographies, Information, General Children Lists

Kwanzaa for the Littles: A List

                                                 

Looking for a Kwanzaa book?

I’ve visited Kwanzaa books in the past. Let’s take a look.

There’s

The Kwanzaa Contest

The Kwanzaa Contest by Miriam Moore and Penny Taylor

and

The Story of Kwanzaa

and Seven Spools of Thread

The Seven Spools of Thread by Angela Shelf Mediarii

and Let’s Celebrate Kwanzaa: An Activity Book for Young Readers

Let's Celebrate Kwanzaa by Helen Davis Thompson

and It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Kwanzaa

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Kwanzaa

or A Kwanzaa Miracle 

A Kwanzaa Miracle by Sharon Gayle

or Kwanzaa Fun: Great Things to Make and Do

 Kwanzaa Fun by Linda Robertson and Julia Pearson

or Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa by Lisa M. Herrington

or My First Kwanzaa Book

My First Kwanzaa Book By Deborah Newton Chocolate

Well, that list should give you a jumping off point.

What books do you use to celebrate Kwanzaa?

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Books

Celebrate Easter with National Geographic Kids

I love NatGeoKids! They have everything a kid (even a big one like me) loves! Around this time of year, many people all over the world are preparing to celebrate Easter.

Celebrate Easter with National Geographic Kids

Nat Geo Kids shows readers, in gorgeous full-color photos how other people celebrate Easter. While reading the book, young readers will discover that in New Orleans people celebrate Mardi Gras, and in England there are pancake races, in Cuba there are carnivals with stilt walkers!

The book contains photos of people attending church in Peru and Russia. In Germany, there is an Easter Eve bonfire, and all across America there are Easter egg hunts. Celebrate Easter is a good addition to your library not only because of the photos, there are recipes (yummy food), songs, and maps in the back.

I remember when I was a kid I had to get dressed up in a new dress and go to church. The book even explains that old tradition. What traditions do you have for Easter?

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Books

What Books Are You Giving This Christmas?

Christmas is an excuse to buy all the books for everyone that you’ve wanted to buy all year long but didn’t. And I don’t just mean buying all the books for yourself! When I’m thinking about buying books for family I try to follow three bookish rules.

keep Christmas Bookish

This is my Diversity Christmas Tree, it represents people and cultures from all over the globe. I have other trees in the house as well, but this tree will be the one we put the main presents under. Speaking of presents, when gifting books, I try to use the three rules listed above. A book I:

  • Think they will like
  • Know they want
  • Want them to read

The reason this method works for me is, you always want to give more than one book (dontcha?) and here is how you can do it! Give them the book that’s part of a series or from an author you know they’ve enjoyed in the past. That’s the book you know they want. Ask for a suggestion from someone knowledgeable (I wonder who..?) for a book that is written in a similar style or about a similar topic to the book you know they want. And finally, Mom’s gotta put some education in their brains no matter what age they are, right? So I always like to give them a book I want them to read; something to make them smarter, better, nicer, etc. Personal growth or inspirational books usually fit this category (doesn’t everyone need to read I Am Malala? The answer is yes).

So this year I’m gifting my family the following, but you’ll hafta guess who is getting which book!

bookgiftsfamily Collage

Can you take a guess who is getting each gift? What books are you giving?

 

 

 

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Books

Coming Soon: The 12 Books of Christmas

It’s December so that means it’s time for

The 12 Books of Christmas

the12booksofchristmas

Stay tuned this month as I countdown to Christmas with some new and favorite reads!

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Tea Parties

Book Themed Halloween Party!

I’ve been very busy hosting parties lately. Just recently we hosted a Witches and Warlocks tea party! Everyone came dressed in costume, even a few parents; kids love it when parents participate in dress up. So do I!

Halloweenparty Collage

 

We had so much fun at the party. The book I read  (see lower right) is called I Want to be a Witch by Ian Cunliffe.

want to be a witch

 

We tossed potions into a witches hat, picked creepy bugs and other gross things to put into the tea, and made a delightful owl craft.  Oh and how could I forget pin the nose on the pumpkin?

What a great way to combine Halloween and books!

What is your favorite Halloween book?

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Children

When the Chickens Went on Strike a Rosh Hashanah Tale

When the Chickens went on Strike

When the Chickens Went on Strike by Erica Silverman

 

Here’s a Rosh Hashanah tale that reminds me of Click clack moo, cows that type because the animals get fed up with the “abuse” they suffer at the hands of Jewish people celebrating Rosh Hashanah. They decide to strike! Reminds me so much of the cows demands that they make on Farmer Brown.  I love how the author has taken the very old tale and turned it into something families can share together.  What child won’t delight in reading about a good kid (not unlike themselves) who overhears the chickens discussing their demands?

Here’s a video with my thoughts.

 

What do you think? Do you have a fave Rosh Hashanah book from your childhood?

Children’s eBooks

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Gingerbread Castle by Donna Yates

I love when my friends write books!

I’d like to share a sweet HOLIDAY book (yep, it’s time) with you today.  The book is titled

Gingerbread Castle

gingerbread

 

 

You’ve been to two rooms; there’s three rooms of fun.
The Reading Room is the very last one.
Listen quietly and sit down,
or Ms. Owl will sport her favorite frown.

She’ll read a few books, so lay back and rest.
No need to fret. There’s never a test.
Is there a story you want her to tell?
Ms. Owl will know all the details.

Isn’t that delightful?

Reminiscent of the Night Before Christmas, this sweet (see what I did there?)

rhyme makes my mouth water as I read about the thick slices of gingerbread,

the sugared flowers, and the cute little teddy bears that look like Teddy Grahams.

Download this adorable story for your littles and it will sure to be a favorite for years to come.

Find my beloved Donna at http://dmyates.weebly.com/

and you’ll understand why she is such a dear friend to me.

Do tell her I sent you

and who’s going to make me a Gingerbread Castle this holiday season?

ANYONE?

 

 

 

 

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Children

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY

 

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I had the pleasure of hosting a Mother Daughter Mother’s Day tea party a few days ago. I love this book, The Night Before Mother’s Day and had to share it with you.  I also like the sentiment of the other book, I Carry Your Heart with Me, because as mothers, that’s what we do.

I hope you enjoy your day and get to do whatever you want on your special day!

I will be having breakfast in bed. I hope. Kids, are you listening???

 

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!